Social Security Has Been Boosted, Not Looted
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:13:36 +0000
By James D. Agresti June 19, 2018 The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for … Continue reading
Thomas Jefferson, Racism, and Slavery
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:13:20 +0000
By James D. Agresti and Amanda Read Sheik June 6, 2018 Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Until recently, he was also one of the most widely … Continue reading
The Effects of Regulations on the Economy
Thu, 24 May 2018 11:36:57 +0000
By James D. Agresti May 24, 2018 In a New York Times article about President Trump scaling back regulations, reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley report “there is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to” economic growth. They support this … Continue reading
Insecticide Ban, Not Global Warming, Accords With Outbreak of Disease-Carrying Insects
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:31:33 +0000
By James D. Agresti and Rachel McCutcheon May 17, 2018 Politico claims that deadly insect-borne diseases are “on the rise” in the U.S. due to “warming global temperatures.” Although disease-carrying insect populations have increased greatly over the past several decades, … Continue reading
Is President Trump’s Border Wall an Outdated, Ineffective Strategy?
Mon, 07 May 2018 16:24:30 +0000
By Daniel Marulanda and James D. Agresti May 7, 2018 The border between the United States and Mexico stretches for 1,960 miles, parting two major regions of the world with vastly different governments, standards of living, and levels of crime. … Continue reading
Public School Teachers Are Paid Far More Than Commonly Reported
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:21:16 +0000
By James D. Agresti April 17, 2018 During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid … Continue reading
In America, Women and Men Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:30:30 +0000
By James D. Agresti April 10, 2018 Certain media outlets are giving fawning coverage to “Equal Pay Day,” a “public awareness event” invented by the National Committee on Pay Equity to “illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.” This … Continue reading
EPA’s Lack of Transparency Is a Breeding Ground for Junk Science
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:10:26 +0000
By James D. Agresti March 29, 2018 In a recent New York Times op-ed, two former EPA officials criticize a Trump administration plan that would require the EPA to reveal the details of studies used to craft environmental regulations. In … Continue reading
Federal Government’s 2017 Fiscal Shortfall Is 74% Worse Than Reported Budget Deficit
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:17:11 +0000
By James D. Agresti March 7, 2018 The federal government reported a budget deficit of $666 billion for its 2017 fiscal year, but a new comprehensive accounting published by the U.S. Treasury shows that federal finances deteriorated by $1,157 billion … Continue reading
Media Misinformation About Arming Teachers
Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:56:47 +0000
By James D. Agresti February 27, 2018 Misinformation can be deadly, especially when it comes to issues like school shootings. This is because it can build support for policies that increase fatalities and generate opposition to reforms that can save … Continue reading